The DNA Mystique: The Gene as a Cultural Icon

Front Cover
University of Michigan, 2004 - Science - 284 pages
2 Reviews
"The DNA Mystique is a wake-up call to all who would dismiss America's love affair with 'the gene' as a merely eccentric obsession."
--In These Times

"Nelkin and Lindee are to be warmly congratulated for opening up this intriguing field [of genetics in popular culture] to further study."
--Nature

The DNA Mystique suggests that the gene in popular culture draws on scientific ideas but is not constrained by the technical definition of the gene as a section of DNA that codes for a protein. In highlighting DNA as it appears in soap operas, comic books, advertising, and other expressions of mass culture, the authors propose that these domains provide critical insights into science itself.

With a new introduction and conclusion, this edition will continue to be an engaging, accessible, and provocative text for the sociology, anthropology, and bioethics classroom, as well as stimulating reading for those generally interested in science and culture.

What people are saying - Write a review

The DNA mystique: the gene as a cultural icon

User Review  - Not Available - Book Verdict

Newspapers, TV talk shows, comic books, and even jokes are full of genetic soundbites--celebrity DNA and designer genes, genetic counseling, genes for cancer, and maybe gayness. Nelkin (Dangerous ... Read full review

Review: The DNA Mystique: The Gene As a Cultural Icon

User Review  - Sarah - Goodreads

Anyone interested in how science is discussed by the public would like this book. It is easy to read and really interesting from a scientists perspective. Read full review

Related books

References to this book

All Book Search results »

References from web pages

JSTOR: The DNA Mystique: The Gene as a Cultural Icon
The DNA Mystique: The Gene as a Cultural Icon. New York: wh Freeman, I995. x+z76 pp. $22.95. Scarcely a day passes without some mention of genes in the ...
links.jstor.org/ sici?sici=0197-5897(1996)17%3A2%3C241%3ATDMTGA%3E2.0.CO%3B2-4

The DNA Mystique (1996)
The DNA Mystique: The gene as a cultural icon (1996). 10/7/04. Reviewed by Jon Turney. Dorothy Nelkin and Susan Lindee on the genome as the soul of the cell ...
genome.wellcome.ac.uk/ doc_WTD021059.html

The DNA mystique: The gene as a cultural icon. By Dorothy Nelkin ...
94. BOOK REVIEWS. Even more strained. is. his argument for such. differences between Europe and East Asia. Rushton claims that harsh Siberian winters ...
doi.wiley.com/ 10.1002/ ajpa.1330980111

The DNA Mystique
The DNA mystique : the gene as a cultural icon / Dorothy Nelkin,. M. Susan Lindee. p. cm. Includes bibliographical references and index. ...
www.press.umich.edu/ pdf/ 0472030043-fm.pdf

The Gene as a Cultural Icon: Visual Images of DNA
See Dorothy Nelkin and Susan Lindee, The DNA Mystique: The Gene as a Cultural Icon (New York: wh Freeman, 1995), which is about representations of DNA in ...
www.questia.com/ PM.qst?a=o& se=gglsc& d=5001631696

663 References Reply to Nelkin and Lindee To the Editor: The ...
Letters to the Editor. 663. References. Condit CM, Ofulue N, Sheedy KM (1998) Determinism and. mass-media portrayals of genetics. Am J Hum Genet 62: ...
download.ajhg.org/ AJHG/ pdf/ PIIS0002929707615134.pdf

BFA/BA: Against the idea of a “molecular gaze” in art
In 1995 Nelkin and M Susan Lindee's book The DNA Mystique: The Gene as a Cultural Icon was published. This “analysis of folklore” (Nelkin & Lindee, 1995b; ...
bfa-ba.blogspot.com/ 2007/ 06/ against-idea-of-molecular-gaze-in-art.html

Dorothy Nelkin - Beyond Risk: Reporting about Genetics in the Post ...
The DNA mystique: The gene as a cultural icon. 2d ed. New York: wh Freeman. Pollack, A. 2000. Is everything for sale? NY Times (28 June). ...
muse.jhu.edu/ journals/ perspectives_in_biology_and_medicine/ v044/ 44.2nelkin.html

Evolution's Rainbow: Diversity, Gender, and Sexuality in Nature ...
The DNA Mystique: The Gene as a Cultural Icon. Second Edition. By Dorothy Nelkin. & M. Susan Lindee. Pp. 284. (University of Michigan Press, Cambridge, ...
journals.cambridge.org/ production/ action/ cjoGetFulltext?fulltextid=282261

racesci: History of Race in Science: Syllabi: Biology, Ethics, and ...
... selections ® Dorothy Nelkin and M. Susan Lindee, The DNA Mystique: The Gene as a Cultural Icon (1995), selections (*) Martha Nussbaum and Cass Sunstein, ...
web.mit.edu/ racescience/ syllabi/ biology_ethics_and_societ.html

About the author (2004)

Dorothy Nelkin, University Professor at New York University, passed away in the spring of 2003.

M. Susan Lindee is Associate Professor at the University of Pennsylvania.

Bibliographic information